Pūkana Whakarunga!
Pūkana Whakararo!

Colonial Paradise
Road cones, concrete, vinyl, pine
Toi Pōneke Gallery
Wellington, New Zealand

June 2 - 24

My first gallery exhibition since leaving Massey University. An exhibition curated by Suzanne Tamaki for Matariki 2017 featuring artists such as Robyn Kahukiwa, Lonnie Hutchinson, Reweti Arapere, Ngatai Taepa, Reuben Paterson and more.

This work, Colonial Paradise, represents a contemporary pou whenua which talks to the social and physical implications of City development. Road cones being a constant object within cities that delineate spaces of safety and danger, tapu and noa. This pou also references the concept of city development and how whenua Māori was used as a resource to orignaily create these spaces, which now provide jobs and income to Māori people through labour and road working.